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The first day of preschool is a very important day for every child and it means a lot of changes for him! It brings a lot of joy to see your child reaching this milestone, but this new beginning could also make him feel scared and insecure. It is very important to speak with the kids about their fears and worries regarding this new stage in their life and a wonderful way to do it is to read together some children books about preschool.
The children usually have two big fears when it comes to the first day of preschool: not knowing what will happen in the classroom, and getting used to the idea of being there on their own, without a parent to help them. Books can make them understand how a day at the preschool looks like and can also help them deal with the separation anxiety.
If your child will start preschool soon, here are some tips that can make the first days much easier: 7 useful ways to prepare for the first day of preschool (at the end of the article you’ll also find a printable “Prepare for preschool” binder).
Here is a list of nice children books that are great for preparing your child for the first day of preschool. You can also find the official description of each book to help you get more details about the content.
1. The Kissing Hand
This book is really amazing! We totally loved it!
“School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive.” (the book is available here)
2. Maisy Goes to Preschool: A Maisy First Experiences Book
“Preschool for Maisy means a day filled with friends and things to do, from the time she hangs her coat on a special peg to the time she says good-bye. There’s painting and snack time, stories and nap time (and a bathroom break in between). Soon everyone’s ready to haul out the instruments and make some noise, then head outside for a turn at the sandbox or slide. In a bright, full-size storybook full of familiar scenes, this child-friendly look at a day in the life of a preschooler is one that newcomers and seasoned pros alike will be happy to share.” (the book is available here)
3. Llama Llama Misses Mama
“It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back? Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be.” (the book is available here)
4. Rosie Goes to Preschool
“Who better to offer advice to children facing the first day of preschool than the hugely popular, bestselling Karen Katz? It’s the first day of preschool, and the narrator, Rosie, knows everything a new preschooler needs to know. Rosie introduces the reader to her cubby, her teacher, her reading circle, her music class, her lunch table, and more.” (the book is available here)
5. I Love You All Day Long
“Owen’s anxious question prompts this heartwarming, comforting tale of how a parent’s love stays with a child whether they are together or apart – all day long.” (the book is available here)
6. What to Expect at Preschool
“With the help of Angus, the lovable Answer Dog, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff extends a hand to children and parents as they tackle life’s first experiences together. The book will answer your child’s questions about what preschool is like, what preschoolers do, who teachers are, and how they help to make preschool such a fun and special place – so that the first day of preschool will be a day you’ll both look forward to.” (the book is available here)
7. The Night Before Preschool
“It’s the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can’t fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the next night, either: he’s too excited about going back! The book’s simple rhyming text and sweet illustrations will soothe any child’s fears about the first day of school.” (the book is available here)
I hope that this list of children books about preschool will help you and your child have a great start on the first day of preschool! If you have any other recommendations of books that were helpful for preparing kids for preschool I would be glad to find them out!